Poster FQ&A

1) Is there a poster template and any special requirements on format and dimensions of my poster?

The size of each display board is 4 feet tall x 8 feet wide. Each poster is assigned one display board. Poster template, fonts and content are left to the discretion of the author(s). Mounting your poster on foamcore is NOT recommended.

2) When can I mount my poster? When are the posters presented?

The posters can be mounted beginning on Monday afternoon 2 pm in the posters area. Pins to mount the posters will be available. All posters must be mounted before Tuesday at 8:30am. Posters should remain mounted until Thursday 5pm to allow conference attendees to browse posters at times other than during the poster session.

3) Do posters have allocated space or is it first-come-first served?

Each poster is assigned a preallocated space with a display board. A poster directory to help people map poster names to assigned poster boards will be sent per e-mail to the authors before the conference. The title of the assigned poster will also be on the display board in the poster area. Pushpins will be provided for affixing all poster materials to display boards.

4) Should I submit the final version of my poster for the review process? Can I make changes after the review?

No, a final version is not expected but a draft or mock-up of the poster (1-2 pages) has to be submitted for review. Complete or preliminary work is preferred; use placeholders where necessary. A 2-page extended abstract (including references) in the SC13 technical paper format (see is strongly recommended, but not mandatory. The extended abstracts of ACM SRC submissions are limited to 800 words by ACM rules.

Yes, you may make changes to the poster after the review process.

5) Should I be the only author of my ACM SRC poster?

An ACM SRC submission must reflect a student's research. It is OK if that work is done as part of a larger research group, but the poster should only reflect the student's part of the work.  Furthermore, the final poster must list the student as the *only* author, with any advisor(s) listed separately.                                 

The student is allowed to list one or more advisors on the poster, but all advisors have to be *official* Ph.D. or Undergraduate advisors. Advisors cannot be first author and have to be clearly marked by putting "(Advisor)" after each advisor's name. For example, if the student "John Doe" is advised by "James Prof" at the University of Smart Students in Iowa, then the poster and extended abstract author list may look as follows:

John Doe, James Prof (Advisor)
University of Smart Students, Iowa

There may only be one student author on each submission.

6) What is an electronic poster?

Electronic posters are technical posters that are displayed on 50-inch LCD displays. You should submit your poster to this category if your material does not fit on paper-on-corkboard (e.g., it includes live demonstrations or videos) and you want to make essential use of the visualization resources. Your poster should integrate great graphics and/or interactive potential that should be animated, not static.

If you are the author of an electronic poster, you are expected to drive the displays from your laptop. Please submit a draft or mock-up of the electronic poster (as a PowerPoint or PDF presentation) as you would like it to present at the poster session. Complete or preliminary work is preferred; use placeholders (e.g., for videos you plan to include) where necessary. Note that only a limited number of electronic posters can be displayed.

7) What is a HPC Educators Poster (or education poster)?

This is a new education-related track hosting posters with emphasis on curriculum development and pedagogy, and best teaching practices of interest to undergraduate HPC educators (i.e., education posters). Note that the HPC Education posters will be peer-reviewed by an ad-hoc committee of HPC educators.

8) Can I change from one type of poster to another?

No, you cannot. Authors are required to select the type of poster at the time of the submission. Authors can select among these four different types of posters: 1) Regular Poster (“paper” poster)
2) Electronic Poster (interactive, to be presented on 50-inch LCD displays)
3) ACM Student Research Competition Poster (ACM SRC poster)
4) HPC Educators Poster (“education” poster).

9) Are posters peer-reviewed?

Yes, all posters are peer-reviewed. Technical posters and ACM SRC posters will be peer-reviewed by a committee of experts in HPC research and technology. HPC Education posters will be peer-reviewed by a committee of HPC educators.

10) Is my poster blind reviewed?

No, it is not. Reviewers can see the name(s) of the author(s).

11) Who is selecting the best posters?

The Posters Committee nominates candidate best posters during the review process. An ad-hoc committee judges the posters and the presentations during the poster reception (Tuesday, 5:15-7pm). After the reception, this committee convenes and selects a single best poster.

A different award committee handles best student posters in the context of the ACM student research competition.

12) Is my poster included in the SC13 proceedings?

No, only technical papers and Gordon Bell prize papers are included in the processing. Note that posters and their extended abstracts are archived (see Question 13).

13) Is my poster archived? What is the process for archiving my poster?

Yes, all posters are archived on the conference site. Details will be provided later. 

14) Is there a place to print the poster?

SC13 does not provide any support for printing posters. Posters can be printed at your home university and transported to the conference. The Business Center at the Colorado Convention Center offers printing service. For more information and prices, please look at Other vendors providing printing service near the Colorado Convention Center or the hotel can be identified with your favorite mapping application.

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